Menno Media has been collecting written and recorded pieces from pastors and leaders around the church in the U.S. and Canada, and sharing them as an encouragement during these difficult days. The following reflection is from Jim Lapp of Lititz, PA.
Loving God, we find ourselves asking the meaning of this time that has been thrust upon us. We wonder:
Is it about slowing down?
Is it about becoming more dependent on you?
Is it to stimulate the church to more creativity and resilience in how we practice community?
Is it to teach us new ways to pray and worship with fresh language and liturgies?
Is it to cause older ones among us to get more comfortable with technology?
Is it to release deep hunger and thirst that affluence cannot satisfy?
Is it to invite us into greater quietness and solitude?
Is it to press us toward greater interdependence as humankind?
Is it to learn the effects our lifestyles have on one another?
Is it to provide a reprieve to the earth from the pollutants from our cars and industry?
Is it to be still and know that you are God?
O Creator and Redeemer, God, who set the seasons of the planet into rhythm and accompanies us in all the seasons of our lives, don’t allow this time to pass by without our learning what it means for us and this earth we call home. Let our anxieties not hinder drawing deeply on the sources of nourishment you offer, most especially your steadfast love and grace. Amen.
Jim Lapp is a retired Conference Pastor for Franconia Mennonite Conference.
Phil Kanagy, Pastor